Football fans across Scotland have united to tackle the country's food poverty crisis.

Fans Supporting Foodbanks Scotland (FSFS) officially launched on July 12.

The organisation was set up by supporters of Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock, Celtic, Dundee and Dundee United to help tackle and address food poverty.

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FSFS comes following the success of a similar initiative launched in England in 2015 by Everton FC and Liverpool FC supporters.

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Andy Harris, 20, who is one of the co-ordinators of the Celtic group, told Glasgow Times: “The decision to start was partially influenced by the cost-of-living crisis.

“The Fans Supporting Foodbanks groups in England were something that a lot of us across Scotland admired and had always hoped to emulate.

“The current crisis we’re facing is what pushed us to start now, but it’s something many of us had long been interested in.

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“Ultimately, we at FSFS don’t like the fact that food banks exist at all.

“The fact that we are one of the richest countries in the world, and yet we don’t feed all the people who live here is something that should anger every one of us.

“Food banks help people right now, but the sustainable, long-term answer to hunger is a universal right to food which we will be campaigning for over the coming months.”

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FSFS will have their first collection on Saturday from 10.30am till 12.30pm at the bottom of The Celtic Way.

They will be collecting food and unveiling their banner along with founder members of FSF from Liverpool FC and Everton FC.

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Andy said: “The collections done will primarily be to support food banks in the local area."

The Celts Supporting Foodbanks group have identified two food banks based in the East End of Glasgow - one in Carntyne and one in Carmyle.

The FSFS will be using social media to showcase the food bank collections that occur across the Scottish fixture list and will be using the hashtag #HungerDoesntWearClubColours.

Another spokesperson for the FSFS said: “We want to unite supporters of every single club in Scotland.  

“This isn’t about party politics or one football club over another, it’s about showing the difference that fan activism can make in solidarity with one another.

“We want to show how inclusive and powerful football fans in Scotland can be when we stand together.”

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Going forward, Fans Supporting Foodbanks Scotland is looking to add more fuel to the fire by gaining more involvement from others.

Andy said: “We’re always looking to get more organisations and volunteers on board.

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“So, if you think you could use our help or help us, especially in helping to get the food from the stadium to the food banks, then please get in touch.”

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To get in contact, you can find FSFS on Twitter at @FSFScotland or send an email to